Nothing says summer like grabbing a beer from the cooler and popping it open, especially on a hot, humid day. But before you throw away the afternoon crushing cans on the porch, think of what else you might do with that crisp, tasty ale or lager. Beer adds body, bubbles and an extra boozy kick to cocktails. From a mezcal-spiked Michelada to a brew-kissed riff on the Aperol Spritz, these are five easy-to-mix beer cocktails to make this summer.
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The alfresco rooftop at 8UP Drinkery & Kitchen in Louisville, Ky., maybe an ideal location to sip this grapefruit cooler, but it tastes just as good mixed at home. This riff on the Mexican classic makes a match of tequila and Stiegl Radler, which get rounded out by fresh grapefruit and lime juices. The finished product is tall, cool, refreshing and just a hair boozier than your typical Paloma.
The Michelada is Mexico’s answer to the Bloody Mary. Be ready to crank out batches of this easy-mixing concoction at your next summer barbecue or brunch. Beer is usually the sole source of alcohol in this beverage, but Tijuana Picnic’s take in New York City brings up the booziness with a splash of mezcal jovial, which also adds subtle smoke and agave notes.
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